Hello SOTGC Community, This is the first post to kick off my Transitions category. This section of the blog was created as a forum, to help women support and gain ideas from each other on the emotional journey that change in our lives make us travel. I reached out to a number of my female friends that are all driven, intelligent, funny and loving, and who are all in demanding careers. I asked them to recount a story of a transition they have gone or are going through and how they are dealing with it. I realize I need to start the first story, to recount the transition I’ve found myself in over the past year. I’m 32, I live in downtown San Diego, I have built a successful career in medical device sales, and I’m single. The demands of my career leave me with little time to “put myself out there” and I have often wondered if I would have been better off settling down at a younger age for a family and a less demanding path. I have an amazingly supportive and wonderful family and a close group of friends who have all been here for me as I have been there for them during times of change and growth. In the past year I have experienced events that have made me question everything; from who I am as a person, to what I’m doing for a career, to the choices I’ve made in the past 10 years to get me to where I am. None of these have gone un scrutinized nor un-assessed. In the past month the light at the end of the tunnel has grown stronger and stronger and though I still am reflecting on decisions I have made and currently making, there is one defining thing that has helped me get through it all. As humans we inherently fear the unknown. We face it either with anxiety for what it will bring or excitement for the changes that can be made. In general we fear the actual process, and hopefully, embrace the results. Through the transitions in my life over the past year the support of loved ones and mentors I found along my path help make these changes bearable and shed light when there seems little to smile at. For all the women who are making career changes, graduating and entering into the unknown of the workforce, from leaving the workforce to start new families and conversely re-entering the workforce as your families grow more mature, remember that your loved ones will always be there to support, protect, and guide you along this path.
Above: Some of my close girl friends who have laughed, cried, and been supportive throughout this crazy adventure that is life